Tooth sensitivity, also known as root sensitivity or dentin hypersensitivity is a common dental problem. It causes discomfort or pain in your teeth when they are exposed to something hot, cold, sweet or sour. The pain can be sharp and sudden causing deep sensation at the nerve endings of your teeth.
Tooth sensitivity happens when the tooth enamel gets worn down and the gumline recedes, exposing the underlying dentin. Dentin is made up of numerous microscopic channels which are connected to nerve fibres from the pulp and hence any pain in dentin results in sensitivity problem.
According to Dr.Ranjitha Mukund, here are 5 ways to help teeth sensitivity:
- Make use of desensitizing toothpaste to reduce the sensitivity.
- Use fluoridated dental products such as fluoride gel or varnish.
- Use fluoridated mouthwash regularly to decrease sensitivity.
- Use mouth guard to prevent dental problems such as bruxism(teeth grinding).
- Make use of crowns, inlays or bonding which can fix a tooth decay that can cause sensitivity.
However, if the sensitivity does not decrease even after following these tips, then opting for surgical gum graft and root canal is recommended. Root canal treatment is advised only when there is severe tooth sensitivity and none of the above methods have helped in reducing it.
In case you have any more questions regarding teeth sensitivity contact Green Meadow Dental, 3579 B Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111 (860)-865-0056. Families from Cromwell find the easy drive to Newington well worthwhile because or our expertise and modern facilities, our friendly dental team and the relaxing disposition of Dr. Mukund.We also service patients from surrounding areas including Rocky Hill, Berlin and Hartford.